NBA Draft Lottery: Brooklyn Nets Three Top Choices
Added by Deshawn Jelani on May 30, 2012.
There is plenty of talent to be had if the Nets can sneak into the top three during tonight's lottery selection process.
The Brooklyn Nets will attempt to improve their current roster through the 2012 NBA Draft, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 28, at the Prudential Center in Newark. Selection of NBA team draft order for lottery teams will be held today (May 30).
Based on the current lottery standings, the Nets stand a 7.6 percent chance at obtaining the number one draft pick from this year’s draft. The team has a 25.3 percent chance at top three draft choice as well.
The Nets have to obtain one of the top three selection spots in order to participate in the first round of the draft. If they do, they will have an interesting time deciding who to select as the player for their team.
Should the Nets receive a top three selection, they should select the following players:
Pick 1. Anthony Davis (PF, Kentucky). This is an obvious choice. Davis was arguably the most athletic big man in college basketball last season, averaging 14.2 points per game on 62% field goal percentage. The nineteen year old big man, with a 7-4 wingspan, also averaged 10.4 rebounds and 4.7 blocks per game (both team highs). He is, perhaps, the most impressive blend of athleticism and physical talent in the NBA draft this year. The Nets are in dire need of some athleticism in the frontcourt to play alongside Brook Lopez. He would be the perfect fit.
Pick 2. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (SF, Kentucky). Kidd-Gilchrist was a beast at Kentucky. He has the necessary skills and versatility to be an outstanding NBA swingman for the Nets team, which they desperately need. His most prolific skill-set is getting out on fast breaks and pushing the basketball in transition. Although his numbers were not as impressive as Davis’, his aggression, size, quickness, and physical nature make him a force going to the basket, and would be a headache for any team he faces. He would be a tremendous wing addition to the Nets team going into next year.
Pick 3. Andre Drummond (C, UConn). As stated before, Nets need to improve their frontcourt going forward in order to remain competitive. Drummond would be a good option in this regard if they were picking at 3. The 6-11 center has many strong qualities. Drummond averaged 10.0 points and 2.7 blocks per game during the 2011-12 season. His combination of power, size, athleticism, mobility, and explosiveness was unmatched at the college level and will translate well into the NBA with time. Partnered with Lopez (or Humphries when coming off the bench), the Nets would undeniably have the best frontcourt in the eastern conference.
Players like Thomas Robinson (PF, Kansas), Jarred Sullinger (PF, Ohio State), and Perry Jones (PF, Baylor) excelled in college, but do not possess talent that can translate well into the NBA. They were great college players but will only become serviceable NBA players. Bradley Beal (SG, Florida), Jeremy Lamb (SG, UConn), and Austin Rivers (SG, Duke) are great players, but the Nets do not necessarily have a need at that position and should not invest their only first round pick for these players.
The Nets certainly have their work cut out for them when deciding who they should select for their team for next season. This pick may very well determine the fate and success (or lack thereof) of the franchise for years to come.